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First tweet history appears incorrect[edit]

The entry states that "Work on the project started on March 21, 2006, when Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 9:50 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST): "just setting up my twttr". Noah Glass actually had the first tweet according to his Twitter page, which is the same tweet "just setting up my twttr" but is time stamped at 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on March 21, 2006. See— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mhlambdin (talkcontribs) 15:33, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Jack Dorsey is generally cited as sending the first tweet.[1] The specific links are:
  • Jack Dorsey's tweet here ("just setting up my twttr")
  • Noah's tweet here (which also says "just setting up my twttr")

Noah's tweet is ten minutes later. Maybe confusion over the time zone caused this.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 16:30, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Revisions suggested 12/10/13[edit]

Please copy record tweet information from “Growth” section to the “Record Tweets” section. The heading “Record Tweets” only has two record tweets under it, and would be improved by adding more record tweets from the “Growth” section.

The first paragraph of the “Issues and Controversies” section should be altered. Most of the paragraph leads the reader to assume that Twitter has played a large role in the Arab Spring. Then the last sentence discredits that line of thought by stating only a small fraction of the population of Arab Spring countries are active on Twitter. Please revise to state a debate exists as to the size of the role Twitter has had in these revolutions. Twitter revolutions should possibly have its own heading, where this debate can be summarized.

The following text should be included to introduce the Arab Spring section of the first paragraph of “Issues and Controversies”. In 2009, the Western world projected Twitter onto the green revolution in Iran. Twitter did play a role in the uprising, but not to the extent the Western media said it did. An extreme minority of Iranians used Twitter at that point in time. Twitter did help publicize the events of the green revolution in an otherwise secretive and closed country, but Twitter did not drive the masses into the streets of Tehran. source:

Proposed merge with Twitterbot[edit]

Not enough detail to be it's own separate article. TheEpTic (talk) 13:14, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

Merge? That article should just redirect here. Raykyogrou0 (Talk) 13:28, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
I somewhat agree, although it would make more sense if we just add a section about the bots that live on Twitter. TheEpTic (talk) 14:11, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
I agree with the merge idea, as I think the information contained in the article should be preserved somehow. BurfyAdkins (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 17:38, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
The biggest part of Twitterbot is a list, which is not good Wikipedia writing style. Twitterbots are not a noteworthy feature of the site to the extent that they need to be listed. Sections headed "Examples of x include a, b and c" should be avoided.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 08:18, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
Students in my class are doing a Wikipedia editing assignment to expand this stub. We would like to remove the redirect and expand this article. Students will add sources and content. Cleeder (talk) 03:47, 28 February 2014 (UTC)


Justine Sacco's getting fired for a bad tweet probably deserves a mention.[2] WP:BLP1E says Being in the news does not in itself mean that someone should be the subject of a Wikipedia article (emphasis mine), not that they shouldn't be mentioned in any article. See also Dooced. NE Ent 04:35, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

This has considerable issues with WP:RECENTISM. It is not the first time that a person has regretted a tweet due to failing to follow the "think before you post" rule. The Sacco tweet is a lame and unwise joke, similar to the one which set off the Twitter Joke Trial.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 07:42, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
True, but there is no mention in the article of one the hazards of twitter is that a tweet can go viral and cause harm to the tweeter. See [3]. Setting aside the issue of whether or not Sacco should be mentioned, should the issue as a whole be covered?--Nowa (talk) 19:24, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
This is broadly true of all social networking sites, not just Twitter. This CNN article takes a looks at the issue.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 20:31, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
Are there more articles in the same vein? Perhaps we could expand Social_media#Privacy--Nowa (talk) 21:39, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

Also see IAC_(company)#Sacco_Incident and Talk:IAC_(company)#Sacco_Incident. I am unconvinced that the incident merits a section in the IAC_(company) article. Thanks, JoeSperrazza (talk) 14:54, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Understood. Are you saying there should be no mention of the incident in Wikipedia or that there is a better place for it?--Nowa (talk) 16:42, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
I believe there is a better place for it than IAC_(company)#Sacco_Incident. JoeSperrazza (talk) 20:49, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
Sounds good. Where should we put it?--Nowa (talk) 22:07, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
It's here on the TALK page;for now,that might be enough. Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 22:20, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Twitter shares triple in valuation[edit]

Headline: "Twitter Rally Races Higher"

"Twitter shares have nearly tripled since their initial public offering last month, including an almost 5% gain on Thursday, making the microblogging site's IPO one of the best-performing this year." — FYI, Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 06:21, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Whisper Systems[edit]

There is no mention of Whisper Systems in the "Privacy and security" section (or anywhere else in the article, for that matter). It was acquired by Twitter in 2011. [4] --Dodi 8238 (talk) 15:39, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

This could be a "See also" but it is not directly related to the website of Twitter.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 18:19, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
Never mind. It can be found on List of mergers and acquisitions by Twitter. --Dodi 8238 (talk) 23:56, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Request edit on 10 March 2014[edit]

The sentence in the first paragraph that reads: 'Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them' is incorrect and misleading because one has to be registered in order to even read tweets. Therefore the sentence should be removed, and for additional clarity the word 'registered' should be inserted between 'enables' and 'users' in the first sentence.

I have tried to access twitter without being registered and ascertained that it does not work.

" (talk) 01:02, 13 March 2014 (UTC)"

(The above requested edit was made by clicking on a link in an automatically added notice.)

X mark.svg Not done I don't know what profile you're trying to view, but when I attempted to view this profile while logged out, I was still able to read tweets. gsk 01:05, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
The wording is correct. It is not necessary to have an account or log in to read tweets, only to post them. This can be checked for example with Barack Obama's Twitter feed. The exception is accounts where the tweets are protected, but most accounts do not use this feature.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 06:46, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Boolean-search feature is available in Twitter[edit]

Headine-1: How Boolean Search Improves Your Social Media Monitoring

QUOTE: “ Many of the main social networks accept some form of traditional Boolean search operators, as well as their own, to help users identify specific information about content, brand mentions, even other users.” [This article has five tips, and high praise.] — Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 19:32, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Twitter trolling an effective weapon for Global War of Terror[edit] Here even the U.S. State Department found it effective to assign people to respond to terrorist tweets.

Do we have a better source for this? Hcobb (talk) 11:23, 3 April 2014 (UTC)


>> Turkey urges social media firms to pay taxLihaas (talk) 13:30, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 17 April 2014[edit]

Although Twitter is the first to use SMS to broadcast texts, the University of Michigan used a program called B-page written in C, to broadcast the same amount of information to text pagers in 1998. Sm0knGun (talk) 00:56, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Cannolis (talk) 01:35, 17 April 2014 (UTC)